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What is LGBTQ pride month really about?
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, Queer) Pride Month is held to remember the Stonewall riots. At the end of June 1969, the horrific Stonewall riots happened. As a result, many pride activities are organized throughout this month to honor the arduous history and also contributions of LGBT individuals to the globe. Three U.S. presidents have formally designated June to be Pride Month.
At the time, homosexual actions were outlawed in nearly every state, and pubs and restaurants threatened closure for employing or serving gay clientele. While police had previously raided homosexual businesses, members of the LGBTQ community opted to fight back on that particular night, starting an uprising that would lead to a new age of resistance that would eventually turn to the celebration.
A brief history of Stonewall riots:
The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall revolt) were demonstrations that members of the LGBT community did in reaction to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village district on June 28, 1969.
When the police turned aggressive and became violent on people of various sexual orientations and gender identity, patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay clubs, and neighborhood street people fought back. The riots are largely regarded as one of the most significant events leading up to the gay liberation movement and the twentieth-century battle for LGBT rights in the United States.
This incident brought together the gay community and the gay rights activist along with gay activist and bisexual activist became vocal about gay rights.
On Friday, June 28, 2019, the Stonewall Inn hosted the second Stonewall Day. During this event, Pride Live, a social advocacy and community engagement group, launched its Stonewall Ambassadors program to promote awareness for the Stonewall Riots’ 50th anniversary.
Pride Live declared the inaugural Stonewall Day as a commemorative day in 2018, 49 years after the revolution.
Which U.S. presidents Designated June as a pride month?
- In 1999 and 2000, President Bill Clinton designated June to be “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month.”
- Then, from 2009 through 2016, President Barack Obama recognized June LGBT Pride Month every year he was in office.
- In 2021, President Joe Biden designated June to be LGBTQ+ Pride Month.
When is LGBT Pride month celebrated?
In the United States, LGBT Pride Month is held to remember the Stonewall riots, which happened at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride activities are organized throughout this month to honor the contributions of LGBT individuals to the globe. Various pride parades along with the gay pride parade are carried out to honor this month.
Many campuses, which are not in session in June, celebrate LGBT pride in April, which is termed “Gaypril.”
Pride month is not internationally recognized since pride events take occur in many other areas at different periods. Usually, at different places, pride month is celebrated in June, including February, August, and September.
What is the meaning of the rainbow Pride flag?
Gilbert Baker, a San Francisco artist, introduced the rainbow flag. He originated the rainbow as a symbol of the LGBT community in 1978.
Colors are frequently connected with “diversity” in the homosexual community, but they have literal meanings.
- Hot pink represented sex
- Red represented life
- Orange represented healing
- Yellow represented sunshine
- Green represented nature
- Turquoise represented magic and art
- Indigo (later changed to royal blue) represented tranquility and
- Violet represented spirit.
In the LGBTQ+ community, there are various flags.
LGBT Pride calendar 2021
Most American communities celebrate Pride in June, which is also Pride Month, and protect the heritage of pride in many other nations. However, in certain nations, it is observed on other dates and months.
New York City, So Paulo, and Madrid host among the world’s largest Pride celebrations.
Major Pride events in the U.S.:
- San Francisco, California: More than a million individuals attend San Francisco Pride. On the 11th and 12th of June, there will be a Pride Movie Night. Official Website Link for further details here.
- New York City, New York: Rally and parade activities, which will be held on June 25 and 27, respectively, this year. Official Website Link for further details here.
- Washington, D.C.: Events begin in early June, with the “Colorful Pride mobile Parade” on June 12. Official Website Link for further details here.
- Denver, Colorado: Events for the Denver Pride Fest begin in late June, with a Pride 5K run on June 20 and a virtual march on June 21. Official Website Link for further details here.
- 2021 Dallas: Dallas Pride event, which will happen on June 04, 2021 – June 05, 2021. Official Website Link for further details here.
Major LGBT Pride month events in other parts of the world:
- Dublin, Ireland LGBTQ Pride: Dublin Pride event, which will be celebrated in June. The event of Machnamh Bród, Culture, Arts & Heritage, and Health & Wellbeing Community will happen June 01, 2021 – June 28, 2021. Official Website Link for further details here.
- Toronto, Canada: Pride Toronto Event will be celebrated all the month of June. I.T. will be celebrated with gatherings and festivals programming—official Website Link for further details here.
- Munich, Germany: Munich Gay Pride will be celebrated from July 03, 2021, to July 11, 2021. Official Website Link for further details here.
- Berlin, Germany: Berlin Christopher Street Day will be celebrated on July 24, 2021. Official Website Link for further details here.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam Pride will be celebrated from 31 July 2021 – 08 August 2021. Official Website Link for further details here.